The Azores – part II
A few days ago we drove to Caldeira Velha to visit the hot springs. It was so beautiful – it almost didn’t seem real! The natural beauty of it was kind of breathtaking. Everywhere you looked there were luscious green plants and natural streams – and the hot springs themselves? Wow.
This is the hot spring – it was so lovely and warm! We shared it with a few other people, and it was so relaxing. We also took a dip in one of the cooler springs, and sat underneath a waterfall as it pounded us with warm water. It felt like we were in Peter Andre’s video for Mysterious Girl.
We didn’t spend too much time in the cooler springs – it was actually pretty cold! – and got out to try the hot springs. I’m so glad we did it this way round, otherwise the cooler springs would have felt freezing! You kind of had to not concentrate too much on the water too, as it was quite murky with bits of grass, tree and who knows what else.
Afterwards we drove down to Ribeira Grande, the nearest town. It was very quiet (well, almost everywhere we went was quiet to be honest!) and peaceful to walk around. All of the houses were immaculately kept (again, the same as almost everywhere we’ve visited) and everyone has a small square religious painting hung outside their front door.
Check out this disco church! It wasn’t lit up, but it was pretty cool. We stopped in this square for a beer, and were given a cup of beans to eat with our drinks. They are called tremocos, and tasted kind of like salty butter beans. We had no idea what we were doing, but as we were given a second empty cup we assumed we had to peel them. We peeled back part of the casing and popped them into our mouths. Kind of strange, but not bad!
Afterwards we walked down to the beach. The waves were so strong! Perfect for surfing, if you fancied it.
We’ve been cooking for ourselves every day, mostly because there are nearly no restaurants here. And where we have found them, the menu has been – meat, seafood, other fish. Not a vegetable in sight (and I do believe that if there were, it would be cooked in meaty juices), so it’s just been easier to cook at home. We brought a few things with us, including a packet of fajita seasoning. It’s certainly made it cheaper than eating out, although that wouldn’t be expensive either. The fruit and veg here are so much better than back at home – the nectarines have been perfectly ripe in the morning, really delicious.
On Wednesday it rained ALL. DAY. Torrential rain, hour after hour. I was getting kind of frustrated – I wanted to explore! – but at the same time it was nice just to spend the day at home reading, hanging out, painting my nails, showering at 4pm and watching episodes of Workaholics. But still, I would rather have been exploring…
I’ve got more photos to share from the past couple of days, but I’ll save them for another blog post. You can find part I of our trip here, and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram as I post more photos over there.